How to Start A Freelance Writing Career – EP 17


Have you considered a freelance business in writing and editing, but are not sure where to start (or if you can actually make it work)?


My guest today, Lily Snyder, is here to share how she got started and shares her tips to help you get your business up and running.


Lily is a freelance tech writer and consultant. She’s the editor of the book, The Augmented Workforce: How Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, and 5G Will Impact Every Dollar You Make. When Lily’s not writing, she can be seen playing with her dog, Sugar. You can find her on or reach out to her through LinkedIn


Things we discussed in this episode:

  • Breaking into writing, editing, and, proofreading
  • Day-to-day in the life of a writer and editor
  • What you need to know to make money as a freelancer
  • The perks of being a freelancer
  • Overcoming mindset issues
  • Resources that can help
  • Industry Trends
  • Working with clients
  • How to navigate the challenges of being a military spouse
  • The first steps you should do as a newbie
  • How to combat imposter syndrome 
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  • Laura’s Quote of the Week: “Don’t compare someone else’s middle to your beginning” 


Meet Laura:

Laura Briggs is empowering the freelance generation. Through her public speaking, coaching, and writing, she helps freelancers build the business of their dreams without sacrificing all their time, family, or sanity. Laura burned out as an inner-city middle school teacher before becoming an accidental freelancer with a Google search for “how to become a freelance writer.” Since then, she’s become a contributor to Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and Writer’s Weekly. She worked for more than 300 clients around the world including Microsoft, Truecar, and the Mobile Marketing Association. She’s delivered two TEDx talks on the power of the freelance economy for enabling freedom and flexibility and how it’s being used to address the technical skills gap in the U.S. Laura is the host of the Advanced Freelancing podcast, a sought-after public speaker on the gig and digital freelance economy, and a freelance coach focused on aspiring six-figure freelancers. Laura’s books, courses, and coaching have reached over 11,000 people.

As a military spouse, Laura is passionate about serving her community and founded Operation Freelance, a nonprofit organization that teaches veterans and military spouses how to become freelancers and start their own business.


Connect with Laura:


Operation Freelance